Hey - that's a good tip for today - always have a valid passport. Wouldn't it just make you scream if you got booked on something (a commercial or a film) and didn't have a passport and couldn't take the gig? And it takes a while to get one (not to mention a hundred bucks).
Okay, anyway, back to my excuse for the "list" nature of this post - the fact that I'm feeling lazy. And that I've got a bunch of lines to learn for an upcoming audition.
I'm going to give you my personal list of acting books that you might want to check out. I know - it's kind of a long list, but you don't have to read them all in a week (or month or even a year), but if you are wondering what kind of class might be best for you these books will help teach you about the different techniques that the famous teachers developed.
One of the books in particular - "THE GREAT ACTING TEACHERS and Their Methods" by Richard Brestoff - is a good overview of all the major techniques. You might start with that one and if you find a technique that interests you, then you could read one of the books that is devoted to that method.
However, remember that you can't learn how to really use any method by simply reading about it. If you find a method that seems like it might work for you, then you'll want to get into a class that teaches it, and practice.
Let me know if you've read any of these, and if they helped you, or if you're studying one of the methods and having success with it, or struggling to understand it.
Next week we're going to talk about several well-known acting tools and what they can (or can't) do for you.
My suggested reading list for actors
SANFORD MEISNER ON ACTING - Sanford Meisner & Dennis Longwell
RESPECT FOR ACTING - Uta Hagen
IMPROVISATION FOR THE THEATRE - Viola Spolin
NO ACTING PLEASE - Eric Morris & Joan Hotchkis
AN ACTOR PREPARES - Constantin Stanislavski
CREATING A ROLE - Constantin Stanislavski
BUILDING A CHARACTER - Constantin Stanislavski
THE TECHNIQUE OF ACTING - Stella Adler
LESSONS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL ACTOR - Michael Chekhov
TO THE ACTOR (ON THE TECHNIQUE OF ACTING) - Michael Chekhov
ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS - Robert Lewis
SETTING FREE THE ACTOR - Ann Brebner
ACTING IN COMMERCIALS - Joan See
AUDITION - Michael Shurtleff
HOW TO AUDITION - Gordon Hunt
WORD OF MOUTH - Susan Blu, Molly Ann Mullin, & Cynthia Songé
MY BREATH IN ART - Beatrice Manley
ACTING PROFESSIONALLY - Robert Cohen
THE PLAYING IS THE THING - Anita Jesse
THE GREAT ACTING TEACHERS and Their Methods - Richard Brestoff
PLAYING SHAKESPEARE - John Barton
THE ACTOR'S GUIDE TO AUDITIONING - Michael D. Nye
A few other books of interest to actors
ON ACTING - Laurence Olivier
ACTING IN FILM - Michael Caine
THE COMEDY BIBLE - Judy Carter
IMPROV COMEDY - Andy Goldberg
PROMOTING YOUR ACTING CAREER - Glenn Alterman
THE CONFIDENCE COURSE - Walter Anderson
A LIFE - Elia Kazan
TOWARDS A POOR THEATER - Jerzy Grotowski
THE TELEPROMPTER MANUAL - Laurie Brown